Like most my first encounter with street photography came from the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The first thing I noticed about his work (thanks to Eric Kim) was his eye for photographing kids. I later grew a deep interest in the documentation the youth, not to the point where I was involved, but essentially I was a fan.
I've come across photos from Sally Mann who beautifully documented her kids, but as I researched more on the genre I noticed how scarce photographs of kids in modern society were... Or perhaps they just weren't famous photographs. Read More
For the past year I've been going to my local thrift store in the hopes to find a hidden gem. I'll be honest, I never really thought I'd find a lens, but in hopes to find a really good film camera for dirt cheap, as my current Fujica AZ-1 absolutely sucked.
There are times when I tell myself that going to the thrift store is a waste of time, afterall, that's what history has proved, but regardless of my lack of luck I still force myself to stop in whenever it's not out of the way. Usually my rule of thumb is to go to the thrift store that was on the side of the road I was currently on, but this day, I don't know, it was different. I just happened to go into one that was a little out of the way, it wasn't exactly far but I had to go on the other side of the road to get there, which was never necessary during my route. I went inside and they had a shit ton of teleconverters that were absolute junk, and then I noticed the Tamron. The first thing that jumped out to me was 90mm and f/2.5, so I knew at that point it was probably a solid lens. It's not often that you find a tele prime with a 2.5 aperture that isn't worth a little money. Read More
The FujifilmPicoftheWeek Flickr group is pretty small, but every now and then there are some gems that are submitted. If I can be 100% honest there were a few better photos than the one I selected, but this one, this one also teaches.
I'm understand that photography isn't always about an excellent photo, but about learning something each time you press the shutter, it's about growth (no pun intended). Read More
When I first purchased my Fujifilm X-T1 the XF 27 was the first lens I looked at. At the time it was the closest thing, if not identical to the Canon 40mm STM that I was shooting with. For whatever reason the lack of an aperture ringed turned me off from grabbing the lens and I opted for the XF 18 instead. This was probably one of the dumbest decisions I had made, not because the XF 18 is a bad lens, but because I absolutely loved my Canon 40mm and it too didn't have an aperture ring... As you can see a lot of knowledge and growth has transpired since making these early purchases.
Fast forward till today and I found myself unhappy with my current setup. I love my XF 35, it's the most versatile lens I've ever used, it has great optics, produces great bokeh when needed and although it's not as small as the pancake lenses Fujifilm offers I still consider it compact. There was just one downfall... Read More
Back again for another pic of the week. Man I tell you it's hard picking these, some weeks the mentions are filled with pictures while others it's about as dry as ever. This week was a combination of those two situations. Typically I search Flickr for pictures that capture my eye, but I wanted to reward those who use the hashtag #FujifilmPicoftheWeek.
I'll be honest, a lot of the pictures didn't really stand out to me, some had good moments with poor edits, while others were great edits with mediocre moments. It made it really difficult to pick from that pool and reward those who visit the blog. I'm not saying that to be mean, just being honest.
As I continued to scroll I came across a picture where the colors stood out to me more than anything. The blues and orange just meshed really well, add the with the texture and it was just a great photo. When I expanded the picture I enjoyed the moment too. It's not often where a image of people at 55mm stand outs to me, but this one was well put together. Read More
The Fujifilm system is compact... so it's obvious that this system would be an appealing one for street photographers. You add in it's vintage exterior and complete manual control and it's a sure winner. But what about other professions. I started off as a portrait photographer (and still am today) and when I had my first session with my Fujifilm X-T1 I was a bit worried about what the subject was thinking, did she think my camera was to small? Would I be respected with such a compact system? Read More
For the last 10 weeks or so most of the photographs displayed for the Fujifilm Pic of the Week have either been street photographs or travel photography, 2 genres of photography that really benefit from a compact system. So this week I thought it would be cool to branch out and maybe show some other capabilities of the X System.
This week I spent the entire time figuring out how to take street portraits. Once I figured out that a one angled lens helps add some depth to the picture I thought I had it all figured out. I took my camera out on the streets and began to ask strangers to pose, admittedly most of them said no.
This was a challenge, it took a while before someone let me protrude my wide angle lens into their face, but once they did I began to snap. I was nervous and most of the times I only took one or two photos. When I got home to review my work I noticed that this style of photography was no walk in the park, it like most genres, was an art.
The process in itself interest me, so this week I decided that I would dedicate the Fujifilm Pic of the Week to my favorite portrait. I went through pages and pages of photographs, finding a distinct photo that stood out to me wasn't easy. Like myself, it appeared that many people raised a camera in someone's face and hit the shutter button... there was no emotion, no connection. Read More